Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (25th May)

Yes, Spring has finally sprung. The soporific effect of heat and a spin of Sigur Ros from Steve Lamaq, saw me shut my eyes quicker than you can say “99 cornet, please”. It was only 4.45pm too. It took the premier cat to launch himself from a great height, skimming past my outstretched legs on the sofa, to force open one eye. Nevermind, earlier I … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (25th May)

The Handsome Family Announce UK Tour

The wonderful Handsome Family will be touring the UK in May, visiting us in Oxford and also playing London’s legendary 100 Club. Our friend Ronan of Nightshift magazine describes them far better than we ever could in his listing for the Oxford gig: The husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks have been creating beautiful, grotesque music together for close to 20 years … Continue reading The Handsome Family Announce UK Tour

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (28th Jan)

Having grown tired of being cross on a Friday (see various preceding TFIs – if you’re bored), I have revisited the joy of a gin and tonic, with a gimlet, of course … I have avoided reading the football press and the pressing legal case that has menaced our business, avoided the hatchet faced lying psycho at the school gate, and decided that regarding life … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (28th Jan)

MM’s Best of the Month: December

Despite all the ‘best of’ lists, the top tens/twenties/fifties/one hundreds etc. and all the Christmas songs too, there has still been a cracking amount of new releases in December as well. So lest you missed out, here is our monthly round-up of the best tunes we’ve posted in December and, as always, a couple of new ones too. That’s the New Year’s Eve mixtape sorted … Continue reading MM’s Best of the Month: December

Scattered – new album from The Handsome Family

Brett and Rennie Sparks are The Handsome Family. They are also a staple of the musical diet in the Mackerel household. Pioneers of modern gothic country, we’ve been fans ever since we heard such classics as After We Shot The Grizzly, Weightless Again, In The Air, right through to more recent tracks like Darling My Darling and a host of others. With a sly black humour ever … Continue reading Scattered – new album from The Handsome Family